I have an MA in Fashion, specialising in Knitwear, from The Royal College of Art, London.
I set up my own company in 2009 called iSea Surfwear. Based on the outskirts of the seaside village of Amroth, Pembrokeshire, is my little studio and cottage. I design, hand screen print, cut, stitch and finish garments for adults and children. Every item is one of a kind. Hoodies are my most popular garment, they are ideal for the typical British weather all year round! I also make other products, mainly from jersey which I print with my own hand drawn designs using eco, water-based inks. I try to source all my fabrics from British suppliers and I also run a recycling scheme to make sure the customer gets great value and also by reselling garments they are being environmentally friendly.
I have wanted to develop a knitwear collection for a while as this is what I specialised in when I was at University. Time and money have held me back, so to get the opportunity to work with the beautiful Cambrian Mountain wool has been a pleasure. I wanted to create one of my existing hoody designs out of the wool as it is a much more sustainable fibre that the synthetic fleece I currently use. I also wanted to experiment with screen printing onto wool using dyes. The whole process went smoothly although it is much more time consuming than using the pre knitted jersey, due to creating the fabric from scratch on a hand powered knitting machine. I hope to develop a knitwear collection in the future using wool and other sustainable fibres.